Flooring can make or break a room. And every kind -- whether laminate, hardwood, carpet or tile -- comes with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Here are some important things to consider when you're choosing flooring for each of the rooms in your home.Bathrooms
Ceramic and stone tile offer some of the best durability available, as well as a nice variety of colors, sizes and designs. Linoleum also offers good durability for typical bathroom use. It may not offer the same warmth as ceramic tiling, but it can give you a similar appearance at a more affordable price. If you have a small bathroom floor, you may consider splurging on more expensive tile, since the limited square footage will help control the price. Also, consider how important your bathroom is in relation to the other rooms in your home. This will help you decide how to allocate your home improvement budget.Kitchens
Tiling and linoleum are also viable options for your kitchen, but hardwood and laminate are generally used in higher-end kitchen installations. Hardwood flooring may not be right for some kitchens, as moisture may cause the material to warp. If you're thinking of installing hardwood flooring in your kitchen, make sure you find a durable wood and take care with the installation and finish. If you like the look of a hardwood floor but are wary of the price, a laminate floor is probably your best bet.Bedrooms
Bedroom flooring is all about personal preference. The least public room in your home, the bedroom should make you -- and your feet -- happy. The soft feel of a plush carpet may cushion your bare feet and help put you in the right mood for a good night's sleep. On the other hand, if you prefer the warmth and elegance of hardwood or laminate flooring, you'll feel the security and pleasure of your slippers sliding across the floor.Living/Family Rooms
The purpose of this room is to make your family and your guests comfortable. Do your kids like to pop down on the floor to watch TV? Carpet is the way to go. For accident-prone kids and pets, consider carpet tile. This will allow you to replace small areas of carpeting as needed, preventing the need to arrange your furniture around a stain. For entertaining a more mature audience, a hardwood or laminate floor may provide a better feel.Basement
For the basement, you'll need a high-performance floor that can endure moisture and other hardships. If you don't want to invest a lot of money in high-quality, durable flooring options, consider concrete staining. It's almost always the cheapest option. Plus, concrete staining can imitate almost any other flooring, and it can be smoothed and insulated to provide a surprisingly warm and attractive floor.